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    First World War Enfield Kukri

    First World War Enfield Kukri


    These WW1 English made kukri are few and far between, with less than 15 known.



    They are known amongst collectors as the Enfield kukri, due to the Enfield inspection marks found at the ricasso, similar to those found on bayonets and swords of the same period. This may be a misnomer, as at least one carries the makers details of the Sheffield Cutler S&J Kitchin Ltd, which may indicate that the whole production run was contracted to commercial firms.



    All the known specimens carry date markings from either 1915 or 1916, which may indicate a short production run. They are very well made pieces, light and agile fighting kukri, produced with rat tail tangs, with blade lengths of between 12 and thirteen inches. The hilts are all made of Birch. Known examples weigh between 15 and 17 ounces.





    Interestingly, they frequently turn up in English made scabbards, made by the Birmingham manufacturer A. Cooper, who is best known for manufacturing leather bayonet scabbards. These scabbards appear to be designed to accommodate all current kukri patterns, and I have seen MK I and MK II kukri turn up in these scabbards, along with Enfield examples. The interior of these scabbards feature riveted spring clips to hold the various sizes of kukri in place. The known examples of these scabbards are dated 1915, 1916, and 1917.





    My theory is that both the kukri and the scabbards were designed to serve as replacements for lost kit, as resupply from the UK to France would be much quicker than from India. It is likely that such an order was only ever considered as a short term measure, and never intended to be a permanent supply solution, which would explain their relative scarcity.

    Enjoy!

    Chris

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    Nice post. Question... other than the spring clip and chape are these all leather or do they have a liner?

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    Hi David,

    No liner, just the clip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Nice post. Question... other than the spring clip and chape are these all leather or do they have a liner?
    Yep rock hard leather... amazing construction for a kukri scabbard... A very short steel ring throat with opposing flat springs, even the lower belt frog is riveted to hard leather....

    Great Examples Chris!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan R. S. View Post
    Yep rock hard leather... amazing construction for a kukri scabbard... A very short steel ring throat with opposing flat springs, even the lower belt frog is riveted to hard leather....

    Great Examples Chris!

    Jonathan
    Thanks Jonathan,

    I had forgotten about the steel throat, thank you for adding that.

    Kind regards,

    Chris

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    Another excellent kukri Chris. And another rarity too.
    I have not handled these or the MklV.

    Many thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Holloway View Post
    Another excellent kukri Chris. And another rarity too.
    I have not handled these or the MklV.

    Many thanks for posting.
    David
    indeed, David. I'm getting a little annoyed at Chris's proclivity toward finding amazing kukris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark McMorrow View Post
    I'm getting a little annoyed at Chris's proclivity toward finding amazing kukris.
    Apologies for that...

    I assumed that as they are so hard to come by, sharing information and images would be the next best thing.

    I can stop if you like?

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    comment intended entirely in jest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark McMorrow View Post
    comment intended entirely in jest
    I see! I am afraid your emojicons don't appear on my phone....all is forgiven!

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    What a difference no emoticons make!
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    Amazing the difference infection, body language and the like influence our interactions. Even tech Smiley's can't be relied upon these days.

    Cheers gentlemen.
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    a sad state of affairs, for sure.
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    But on a serious note.
    Please feel free to share more of your extensive collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Holloway View Post
    Please feel free to share more of your extensive collection.
    .

    Preferably by post in a box!

    Address to follow...
    "The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan R. S. View Post
    Preferably by post in a box!

    Address to follow...


    I wish I had thought of that!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan R. S. View Post
    Preferably by post in a box!

    Address to follow...

    You want a box too? Cheeky *******!

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